West Chester University has been named one of the Safest Colleges in America for 2017 by The National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association comprised of home security professionals from across the United States. Using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics, the Council assessed more than 2,100 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. with a student population of 15,000 or more. For 2017, West Chester University ranked 28 on the Council’s list of the Top 100 Safest Colleges in America. WCU was one of only two universities in Pennsylvania named to the list and received the highest ranking of the two schools cited. WCU Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Mike Bicking said: “West Chester University’s Department of Public Safety sees itself as a partner with students, faculty, staff, and members of the community who live in the Borough of West Chester. WCU is a safe campus, because we all work together to make it that way.” The University’s Department of Public Safety employs 25 full-time commissioned police officers who have received their primary training under the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act.